Akiem Hicks

Not to be confused with Hakeem Nicks.
Akiem Hicks

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Hicks with the New Orleans Saints in 2012
No. 96Chicago Bears
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-16) November 16, 1989
Place of birth: Elk Grove, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 336 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school: Fair Oaks (CA) Del Campo
University: Regina
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2016
Total tackles: 161
Sacks: 13.5
Forced fumbles: 2
Fumble recoveries: 2
Interceptions: 0
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Akiem Jamar Hicks (born November 16, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has also played for the New England Patriots. He played college football at Sacramento City College and at the University of Regina.

Early years

A native of Sacramento, California, Hicks was born in Elk Grove, attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, and began his college career at Sacramento City College. After the 2008 season, he was rated as a top junior college player and signed to play at LSU. However, recruiting violations by LSU made him ineligible for the 2009 season; unable to transfer to another American football program, he went to work at a DirecTV call center in Colorado Springs, Colorado while he considered his next move. Hicks had an offer to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, but decided instead to continue his education and college football career with the Regina Rams of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. After his first season at Regina, he was drafted by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, but again decided to stay in college. In his second year at Regina, he made 42 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks and was named the CWUAA's top lineman. A strong performance in the East-West Shrine Game increased his profile with NFL scouts.[1][2]

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

The Saints drafted Hicks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft; it was the Saints' first pick of the draft. He became the ninth Canadian Interuniversity Sport player to be selected in the NFL draft, and the second-highest NFL draft pick in CIS history (behind only Mike Schad, a first round pick in 1986).[3] As a rookie in 2012, Hicks played 14 games making 20 tackles, a pass defended, and a forced fumble. In 2013, Hicks started all 16 games making 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In 2014, he played 15 games with 42 tackles, two sacks, and two passes defended. To begin 2015 with the Saints, Hicks played three games with three tackles.

New England Patriots

On September 30, 2015, Hicks was traded to the New England Patriots for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.[4]

On December 20, 2015, Hicks scored a touchdown in the Patriots' 33–16 win against the Tennessee Titans, recovering the ball for a touchdown after a Chandler Jones strip sack. For the remainder of the 2015 season with the Patriots, Hicks played 13 games with 21 tackles, three sacks, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Overall in 2015, combined with both teams, Hicks played 16 games with 24 tackles. The Patriots finished the season with a 12-4 record to clinch an AFC East pennant until losing to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

Chicago Bears

On March 13, 2016, Hicks signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[5] On September 11, 2016, Hicks made his NFL debut as a Chicago Bear against the Houston Texans, recording 3 tackles and a forced fumble.[6] On September 23, 2016, Hicks was fined $18,231 for roughing the passer, regarding a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carson Wentz in Week 2 against the Eagles.[7] On October 2, 2016, Hicks recorded his first sack of the season on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.[8][9]


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